Ubaidullah Jan

Obaidullah Jan Kandaharai (Pashto/Dari: [1]), or simply known as Obaidullah Jan, was a Pashto singer from Kandahar, Afghanistan.[2] He was popular among the Pashtuns in southern Afghanistan and in Quetta, Pakistan.[citation needed] He brought some new style to traditional Pashto music and was considered a classical singer. He recorded many albums with lyrics written by Sayed Abdul Khaliq Agha, a famous Pashto poet from Kandahar, Afghanistan. The lyrics were sometimes relating to Islam and Afghanistan.[citation needed]

Obaidullah Jan Kandahari
عبيدالله جان کندهاری
when Obaidullah was young.
when Obaidullah was young.
Background information
Birth nameObaidullah Jan Kandahari
Born5 May 1951
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died25 February 1983
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan
GenresGhazals, Classical
Instrument(s)Dhol, Dilruba
Years active1970s and early 1980s

Obaidullah Jan's songs are enjoyed by many of the Pashtun diaspora around the world, especially the Pashtuns from the Kandahar-Quetta region and those living in Karachi, Pakistan.[citation needed] He was also recognized by other Afghans who understood Pashto language.[citation needed]


During the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, Ubaidullah Jan was secretly crossing the Durand Line into Pakistan with two females when he was murdered by a rogue commander of Ismatullah Muslim.[2] It is believed that Ubaidullah Jan was about 32 years old at the time of death, and that the killing was over proceeds relating to his music. He was buried by Ismatullah Muslim's followers at an unknown place, but very likely somewhere in the Spin Boldak District of Kandahar Province.

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  1. ^ عبيدالله جان کندهاری
  2. ^ a b Giustozzi, Antonio (2009). Empires of mud: war and warlords of Afghanistan. Columbia University Press. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-231-70080-1. Retrieved 14 October 2011.

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